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Riva Lofts Florence
Ranked #187 of 653 Florence B&B and Inns
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Boston, Massachusetts
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55 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“excellent in every way”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2013

This place is absolutely beautiful. Our room was large and designed with considerable taste and thoughtfulness. The hotel has easy access to the trolley that takes you to the train station and the middle of Florence. The concierge gave us excellent recommendations for restaurants and activities, including restaurants that catered mainly to locals. The continental breakfasts were delicious and freshly baked. We had a spectacular stay and I would strongly recommend to anyone visiting Florence. Really can't say enough good things about this place!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2013

Riva is an absolutely fantastic place to stay in Florence. The location is very quiet and relaxing while being only steps from a short tram ride to the heart of the city. The building is filled with amazing architectural features and room designs that you will not find anywhere else making Riva a unique and wonderful destination. The first class staff are extremely personable, very helpful and were a large part of making our stay most enjoyable. A special thanks to Federica for looking after us and making great restaurant recommendations.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2013

Riva Lofts is a lovely place to stay whilst visiting Florence. It is as the description says on the outskirts which makes extra special because you are staying away from the crowds. It is a easy walk in on a fine day, or a convenient tram ride on a wet one, into the city to see the amazing sights of Florence. The accommodation is extremely comfortable with plenty of space in the rooms with the additional comfort of the lounge nearby, to sit in front of the fire and relax. The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful and Alice makes you feel very welcome.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Monaghan
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2013

Thank you so much to Alice and all the staff at Riva Lofts for an amazing stay during our recent honeymoon. We stayed in Florence for 3 nights and chose Riva Lofts based on other reviews but it certainly exceeded our expectations. The decor and setting is just fab and our room was huge!!!!! The breakfasts were amazing and all helped by the very rustic and quaint style of the dining room. We chose it also for its location as its a little outside city centre but we were more than pleasently surprised to find that a tram line runs into the centre of the city from a stop which is less than a 5 min stroll from the hotel. A ticket is €1.20 and are valid for return journey within 90 minutes and it runs until midnight (if not later?). Journey time is less than 10 mins on the tram. Great to be away from the main hustle & bustle but still be only a stones throw away. Alice and all of the staff were so helpful when it came to tips about sights, restaurants, shopping etc, and couldn't do enough to help. If we ever return to Florence (which I hope we will) we will definitely return to Riva Lofts as we could not fault it on any front, it was just brilliant! Thanks again guys!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2013 via mobile

Nice setting, architecture and decoration. You are surrounded by highest level of italian, culture and taste. Very small hotel but very confortable. Everything has depth and details. Complimentary Bicycles available to reach center. Rooms are very spacious. Bed and amenities are confortable. Lounge area is very cosy. We even use the fire place. We feel like we own this space. Beautiful garden and pool area. Breakfast in the big square table is nice. You feel a part of big family.

Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2013

Self contained apartment which has a nice design. Our apartment was quite spacious with the bedroom upstairs and the bathroom and dining area downstairs. Location wise is 30 mins from Firenze city cente (Ponte Vecchio) or about Eur 16 cab ride (around 10 mins).
There are only 3 outdoor non reserved parking spots but you can easily park on a side street.
There are absolutely nothing around the apartment so don't expect to take an evening stroll for a midnight snack.
Recommendations from the apartment is great with non-touristy food, shop, places to see.
For extended stays in Firenze, highly recommend!

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Port Adelaide, Australia
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8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2013 via mobile

We booked originally for four nights at the beginning of the year and due to some personal circumstances had to extend our stay. We did this in August and they took the booking at the rate we booked the room for in February which was nice.

The rooms were a decent size without being too small with a small kitchenette that allowed for some cooking to be done. The mini bar in the room is restocked daily and soft drinks are free. The bathroom is a reasonable size and the shower is great. There is no full length mirror available in the room which my wife commented on.

Breakfast is served daily in the main sitting room and is lovely. Continental style. Anna, who works in the breakfast area makes a great coffee.

The only gripes were that the beds are very hard. If you have trouble sleeping and need a soft bed then this will be an issue and we were walked in on twice during our stay. Both times we had come back to the room for a rest and someone used their key to open the door without knocking. A minor point but this should be addressed.

Overall a pleasant stay in a good location.

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Alice N, Direttore at Riva Lofts Florence, responded to this review, 24 October 2013
Hallo!
This is Alice, General Manager at Riva Lofts.
First of all i would like to thank you for your kind words about us, we are really glad you enjoyed your stay with us!
Then i would like to to excuse for the intrusions in your room...i am really sorry about this as we always knock on the door before entering with our keys in occupied rooms!
I remember that i personally did such a deplorable thing early october while showing the property to a couple willing to get married here with us.
I had obviously mis-checked the reservation plan and entered straight in Studio n°10...it seemes that was you i disturbed! I realley sincerely apologize for this.
Regarding the other time that this happened, i still did not find the responsible, but definetly already asked our staff for more attention on this subject .
Regarding the beds, i am really sorry to hear you found them too hard.
We researched the right mattresses carefully and chose finally a Simmons supply (www.simmons.com) which is known to be amongst the best options for hotels, but it seems they were not good for you!
Maybe we could have placed a topper on the bed to make it more comfortable, did you inform us about this?
I hope we will be able to welcome you again and let you enjoy a softer bedding solution and some undisturbed naps!
With our most sincere regards,
Alice Nardi
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Property: Riva Lofts Florence
Address: Via Baccio Bandinelli 98, 50142, Florence, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #187 of 653 B&Bs / Inns in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Riva Lofts Florence 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A beautifully renovated 19th-century factory on the southern bank of the Arno River, the Riva Lofts provides a modern oasis in easy reach of the rich historical attractions of Florence. ... more   less 
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